In NH, Annie Kuster keeps pushing as GOP opponent ensnared in ethics scandal

UDPATE @ 5:41 PM: The latest (and final) UNH poll of the NH’s Second CD shows Kuster has moved into the lead: 43% – 36%. The results are here. This poll was conducted before the Bass ethics scandal broke.
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In New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District, there’s a real battle underway. We’ve become big supporters of Annie Kuster. She won convincingly, by a 71% – 29% margin, in the Democratic primary against a well-known Blue Dog Democrat last month. Now, she’s taking on the GOPer who used to have this seat: Charlie Bass.

And, Kuster is kicking butt again. I’ve been very impressed with her campaign. She’s a true progressive — and a supporter of marriage equality in a state where marriages are legal. That’s why the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) is supporting Kuster.

This week, a major ethics scandal involving Bass broke in New Hampshire. Here’s the take from Sam Stein:

The late-campaign airing of allegations of ethical misconduct in the race for an open New Hampshire House seat could produce the rare spectacle of a member of Congress facing an ethics investigation shortly after entering office.

On Thursday morning, the Nashua Telegraph published a fairly damning story about former Congressman Charlie Bass (R-N.H.) who is running for his old seat, currently held by Senatorial candidate Paul Hodes (D-N.H.). According to the paper, Bass helped set up a business meeting benefiting a New Hampshire wood pellet company at the same time that he held $500,000 worth of privately held stock in that company. Days after Bass left office in January 2007, he took a position on that company’s board.

Yeah, that’s just what one should want in a Congressman — an immediate trip to the Ethics Committee. Bass served under Tom DeLay for years. Apparently, he learned well from that sleazebag. Dean Baker at Blue Hampshire sums it up perfectly:

To me this is exhibit A on the sleazy nature of revolving door Washington politics.

Close that door on Bass, please, New Hampshire voters.


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